Evangel wins ACSC championship

Published 11:40 am Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Evangel Christian varsity and junior varisty teams each took home trophies at the ACSC Championships this weekend. Pictured are the Lightning varsity and junior varsity players: (Back row L-R) Caroline Joiner, Amelia Megginson, Kierson McGriff, Anna Byers, Elizabeth Ragland, Bethany Letson, (middle row) Anna Herndon, Natalie Ciesla, Olivia Sanders, Amanda Shepard, (front row) Kate Ragland, Victoria Foster, Erin Morris and Morgan Ciesla. (Contributed)

By MICKEL PONTHIEUX / Sports Reporter

The Evangel Christian volleyball team ended a spectacular season on a high note by winning the Alabama Christian Sports Conference championship on Oct. 20.

The Lightning (27-5) swept through the conference tournament capped with a 2-0 (25-15, 25-12) win over Hope Christian in the finals.

Kierson McGriff led Evangel with six kills along with four assists and four digs. Victoria Foster had six assists and four digs. Elizabeth Ragland added four assists and four digs.

McGriff was named the ACSC Tournament MVP. The Evangel Christian junior totaled 12 kills, 23 assists, 17 aces and 13 digs to lead the Lightning to the title.

The Lightning advanced to the finals with a 25-13, 25-13 win over Evangel Family Christian in the semifinals. McGriff posted a team-high 13 assists with four aces for Evangel while Foster led with eight digs. Ragland had five kills.

Evangel opened play in the ACSC tournament with a 2-0 win over The Rock. McGriff had four kills, six assists and nine aces in the Lightning sweep. Ragland led the way with five kills and seven digs.

McGriff and Ragland were named to the All-Conference First Team and to the All-Tournament team. Anna Byers and Erin Morris earned second team all-conference honors.

The Lightning varsity team was not the only one to bring home hardware. The Evangel junior varsity team won the ACSC JV Championship with a 25-13, 25-13 win over Evangel Family Christian.